History of Manga, 1960-1970 AD

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Weekly Shonen Jump starts in 1968, and Weekly Shonen Champion in 1969.  Both magazines jockey with Sunday and Magazine for Tezuka and the other top players.

Katsuichi Nagai decides to give the gekiga (dramatic pictures) movement a voice by starting up Garo magazine in 1964.  In 1967, Tezuka responds with COM magazine.  COM only lasts until 1972, while Garo goes into a slow death in the 80's, gets bought up by a video game company in the 90's and finally folds in 2002.  Garo's first issue debuted with Sanpei Shirato's "Kamui-den" (Legend of Kamui), and the magazine then ran works from Shigeru Mizuki (Gegege no Kitaro) and Yoshiharu Tsuge (Screw-Style) among many others.  COM, meanwhile, runs Tezuka's own "The Phoenix" and short horror stories from Fujio A Fujiko ("Smiling Salesman").

Note that the name Garo was derived from one of the characters in "Legend of Kamui".

Cover of the July, 1971, issue of COM.  For review purposes only. A "what have we been doing" page from COM, showing Tezuka at a festival.  For review purposes only. Cover of the July, 1971, issue of Garo.  For review purposes only. "Kan no Mushi", from Garo..  For review purposes only.

In the 90's, AX magazine started up as a new venue for gekiga-style manga.  The wiki entry for gekiga has a list of artists known for their work in this genre.  Among them, the following artists are ones that have been published by Drawn and Quarterly in English:

Seiichi Hayashi Red Colored Elegy   Garo
Susumu Katsumata Red Snow Died in 2007 Garo
Yoshihiro Tatsumi The Push Man, A Drifting Life Coined the term "gekiga"
About:Manga Interview
Japan Times Interview
Same Hat photos
Imiri Sakabashira (逆柱 いみり) The Box Man Real Name: Mochizuki Katsuhiro AX



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